Policy/Government News

Multiple Sclerosis No longer a Disease of the West: MSIF

11/16/2011

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11/16/2011

New Delhi, Delhi, November 14, 2011 /India PRwire/ --

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation calls for urgent action and better treatments to be made available in India

U.S. grants $28.8 million to community health centers

08/09/2011

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08/09/2011

The Obama administration said it will spend $28.8 million on grants to create new community health center sites in 23 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

The grants, announced on Tuesday, are part of $11 billion promised for new and existing health care centers over the next five years. The money, which was promised in last year's law which overhauled the U.S. healthcare system, is intended to help pay for new sites where people can get medical services regardless of their ability to pay.

Such healthcare centers serve 19.5 million patients, about 40 percent of whom have no health insurance.

Medicare prescription drug premiums to fall

08/04/2011

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08/04/2011

By Andrew Seaman

Medicare participants enrolled in the health insurance program's prescription drug benefit should see their premium cost decline slightly next year.

The Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday the average monthly premium for Medicare Part D will be about $30 a month, down from $30.76 in 2011.

HHS officials attributed the decrease to increased competition and greater use of cheaper generic drugs.

Expanding Medicaid will cost states billions: study

03/03/2011

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03/03/2011

By Lisa Lambert and Donna Smith

The costs to U.S. states of the Medicaid insurance program for the poor will grow by hundreds of billions of dollars under the healthcare law passed last year, according to a report released by Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday.

"This law, because of Medicaid expansions, has put a strain on state budgets," Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the report's sponsors, told a meeting of hospital administrators on Tuesday. "Medicaid expansions threaten to bankrupt the states."

Republican governors take on insurance exchanges

02/07/2011

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02/07/2011

By Lisa Lambert

As Republican governors take on the U.S. healthcare reform law in courts, they are also challenging it on the administrative side, with 21 registering their discontent for insurance exchanges in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday.

The reform act, which President Barack Obama signed into law last March, "is seriously flawed, favors dependency over personal responsibility, and will ultimately destroy the private insurance market," the governors wrote in the letter.

Obama offers strong defense of healthcare law

01/28/2011

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01/28/2011

By Noam N. Levey

President Obama tells consumer advocates in Washington that he is 'not open to efforts that will take this law apart.' But he does say he's willing to 'tweak' the healthcare law to make it better.

Reporting from Washington — Speaking to a conference of consumer advocates in Washington, President Obama on Friday delivered a spirited defense of the healthcare law he signed last year and urged supporters of the landmark legislation to continue working to implement it.

Scientists to Congress: Pass the stem cell law ... while you still can

11/07/2010

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11/07/2010

By Karen Kaplan

The people who bring you advances in medical research have an urgent message for Congress: Pass the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act … while you still can.

NIH awards Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center grants

10/01/2010

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10/01/2010

Three grants totaling more than $4.5 million, from agencies of the National Institutes of Health, will be used to explore novel treatment strategies for muscular dystrophy.

The grants were awarded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for year one of five-year cooperative agreements.

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